Citizenship and the Legitimacy of Governance

Citizenship and the Legitimacy of Governance

Anthropology in the Mediterranean Region

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The book brings together a strong field of anthropologists offering in-depth ethnographic studies of urban settings in the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal, to Albania and to Israel. Their aim is to initiate a comparative discussion of the relationship between established moralities, politics, law and civil society from a region with a strong tradition of cultural integration.

Taylor
& Francis Publishing

Against the background of unease at the increasingly loose and conflictual relationship between citizenship and governance, this book brings together rich, ethnographic studies from EU member states and post-Communist and Middle-Eastern countries in the Mediterranean Region to illustrate the crisis of legitimacy inherent in the weakening link between political responsibility and trust in the exercise of power. With close attention to the impact of the ambiguities and distortions of governance at the local level and their broader implications at the international level, where a state's legitimacy depends on its democratic credentials, Citizenship and the Legitimacy of Governance initiates a comparative discussion of the relationship between established moralities, politics, law and civil society in a highly diversified region with a strong history of cultural exchange. Demonstrating that a comparative anthropological analysis has much to offer to our understanding, this volume reveals that the city is a crucial arena for the renegotiation of citizenship, democracy and belonging.

Publisher: Burlington, VT : Ashgate, ©2011
ISBN: 9780754691495
0754691497
9781282907065
1282907069
9780754674016
0754674010
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 221 pages)
Additional Contributors: Prato, Giuliana B.

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